A Unique Boston Internship at Athletes of Valor


Alex Stone, Athletes of Valor

Luca, a junior at Framingham High, is interested in sports management and business. Luca had started an online clothing business and part of the proceeds were donated to veterans. Through our contacts in the Boston startup community, we created an internship for Luca with Alex Stone, a graduate of Swampscott High and the Founder and CEO of Athletes of Valor. AOV is a platform designed to help veterans transition from service to career by leveraging the power of collegiate sports. Alex’s venture based startup was the 50k gold winner of MassChallenge’s Social Impact category. We felt that Luca’s ideas and Alex’s mission were closely aligned and Luca helped out with the merchandising aspect of the business.

For an additional experience, we arranged a visit to WeWork South Station where Luca met with a UX designer for a startup in the game development space. They discussed Luca’s website and marketing ideas. We were happy to expose Luca to a variety of startup environments.


Finally, we were thrilled to hear that recently CoachUp acquired Athletes of Valor, with Alex now serving as Chief Operating Officer of CoachUp. Coach Up had provided a wonderful internship for one of our students a few years ago. The following is a news article about Alex. We are very grateful for the interest he took in one of our students.–a-with-alex-stone-athletes-of-valor-ceo-and-coachup-coo

Ross’s Boston Journalism Internship

As career counselors and educators we love hearing from former students. Ross recently graduated from the London School of Economics. We wish him continued success on a very interesting career.

Enjoy our previous blog about Ross, one of our most dynamic students:

“During my high school internship at the West Roxbury Roslindale Transcript, my editor asked me to go around the city, interviewing people I had never met, researching and writing articles for the newspaper. I was thrown into situations that were completely out of my comfort level. Looking back on that first internship with you in high school, it really was then, when I began to develop the skills I am using today- going around the city, setting up meetings with new people and asking questions.”

 It’s been eight years since Ross was in our program and it was great bumping into him recently at a startup in Downtown Crossing. During the time we worked with Ross, he was a bright, outgoing high school student at Nobles and Greenough. Ross wrote for his school newspaper and was interested in developing his journalistic skills. We placed him with a newspaper editor who enjoyed working with young people and was very effective in teaching the basics of journalism.

Ross’s skills developed very quickly and he was given the responsibility of a field reporter. He had many interesting experiences, including an interview with Trot Nixon from the Boston Red Sox. Not only did his articles appear on the front page of the newspaper, but also Ross’s editor offered him a paid free-lance position during the year.

Ross Chanowski With Trot Nixon Former Boston Red Sox Right Fielder

Q: Ross, what are you doing these days?

A: Well, I recently left my position of manager of new business at Allen and Gerritsen and have ventured out on my own. I’m involved in the new field of 3-D printing technology and I’m working on the development of a tool for consumers to 3-D print household and office goods, instantly.

Q: How did you get interested in this field?

A: I became fascinated after reading about the technology, didn’t really understand it or know how to use it.  So, I’m spending time interviewing engineers and computer scientists in the field. I really think this will be the technology of the future and will change the way we manufacture goods.

I would love to teach kids about this new technology of 3D printing because it will be the next generation who will succeed in this new industry.

Q: What advice would you have for high school and college students?

My major at U Michigan was economic and public policy. My experiences ranged from working in start-ups, for Congressman Barney Frank on Capitol Hill and in new business and venture management for marketing agencies. I wanted a broad range of experiences and each one certainly prepared me for the next.

Ross’s advice:

– Always look for and be open to new opportunities

– It’s never too early to start networking

– Look for inspiration

Q: I recently saw you were interviewed by the Wall Street Journal, talking about your micro-apartment on the Boston waterfront.

A: I’m a big advocate of the startup community. Living on the Boston waterfront, I’m constantly meeting new people. From painters to musicians to engineers, they are all contributing to my own education and inspiration.

We Secured A Boston Sports Internship For This High School Sophomore

When I ask young men who have called about our program- “What would be your fantasy internship”, almost always their answer is “Interning for the Boston Red Sox.”  While those coveted spots are few and far between, their response tells me that a sports related internship would be ideal.

Case in point was Billy, a sophomore at Phillips Academy. Billy was already a talented writer, the Head Manager at Press Room Sports: Boston, a sports blog thatprovided regional news, analysis, and opinions from writers who are just as passionate as their readers.” Billy had written weekly on topics ranging from the Celtics’ rebuilding plans to the “State of the NBA.” He had also written weekly articles for the sports and features section of his school newspaper.

We were able to match Billy to one of the coolest and most successful startups located on the Boston Waterfront. Coachup helps athletes reach the next level by connecting them with private coaches in every sport, nationwide.

In his journal, Billy wrote:

“The atmosphere at CoachUp has been awesome and I’ve always felt accepted, even though I’m the youngest in the office. It’s great being able to work in an environment I enjoy, rather than one I dread. My mentor, like the rest of the office, is very upbeat and positive. The environment is young, friendly, and enjoyable.”

What have you been doing there?

Working on my big project: the e-Book. The e-Book is comprised of articles written by myself and other interns with information we’ll be gathering from conducting phone interviews with some of CoachUp’s more notable coaches (i.e. ex-professionals/college notables).

Other projects include:

  • Working with their website
  • Fixing links on their blogs
  • Sifting through messages between coaches and clients
  • Approving/disapproving many coaching applications
  • Writing some of my own video tip blogs

Can you describe a situation during your internship in which you really put yourself out there? How did it made you feel and what did you learn about yourself?


A couple of weeks ago I conducted my first phone interview for the e-Book project with former NBA player Lamond Murray. I was kind of nervous at first, because I wasn’t too sure of how seriously he was going to take the interview. I was amazed at how thoughtful he was throughout our conversation and how much information he shared with me about how he grew up playing basketball. I was ecstatic with how well the interview went and even decided to write an extra blog about Lamond’s life because he gave me so much information. The success of Lamond’s interview instilled a lot of confidence in me, and I couldn’t have asked for a better first interview.



Ryan Built Some Serious Cred At This Boston Sports internship

Ryan(left) built some serious cred at this Boston Sports internship.

Sometimes we hear from college students who are taking a semester off or thinking about transferring. In that case, an internship can help refocus goals and perhaps lead to a different career direction.


Fall, Spring and Summer Semesters- Taking Advantage of 3 Opportunities


Ryan contacted us after he differed his acceptance to Brown University. He hoped to gain some real world experience before college. After spending the fall semester at the University of Barcelona in Spain, taking 3 moths of language classes and traveling, he was ready to come back to Boston and was interested in a Spring semester internship.

Having read a great deal about a new and exciting company in Boston, and knowing that Ryan was somewhat of a sports fanatic, we matched him to an internship at Fancred. Fancred is a TechStars startup and a social network for sports enthusiasts.

At Fancred, Ryan was a quick study. He became the primary contributor for their blog on Tumblr, managed their official Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest pages and assisted in research and development of content on the site.

“I have nothing but positive things to say about my experience thus far. As an avid sports fan, working with an up and coming sports app is a perfect fit. The employees are enthusiastic and fun loving, which creates an environment in which I feel comfortable working in. The work has been engaging, challenging, and seems integral to the growth of the company. I can’t recommend this enough to anyone who loves watching sports, enjoys researching them, and also likes having fun around the work place.” — Ryan

Now that Ryan has experienced a startup, he has expressed an interest in gaining exposure to a bigger company for the summer.

New York City Sports Marketing Internship

Max, at the Dwight School in Englewood, NJ, was very specific about his interest in sports marketing, an internship that is notoriously difficult to get. We placed him with the Director of Sports Marketing at a prestigious university where Max gained a tremendous amount of experience. Both Max and his mentor were extremely happy with his involvement. Now Max will be able to add this experience to his resume as he applies for future internships and jobs in this field.

Boston Sports Management Internship

Chelsea’s mentor

Chelsea, a freshman at Noble and Greenough School, is an exceptional athlete who, as a young woman, is interested in sports management. We researched firms and connected Chelsea to one of the few female sports agents in the country. Chelsea interned in the entertainment and marketing division of her firm, assisting with administrative tasks, auctions for a variety of client events and on-site event management for a celebrity golf classic. Chelsea appreciated the letter of recommendation she received, something quite unusual for a high school freshman.

This Young Intern Helped Make Waves At Swim Across America

“What set Olivia apart from other interns was her age. She was much younger than interns we have had in the past, but her work ethic and skills put her in the best company of some of our best interns.” -Kathleen Mannion, Director of Programs, Swim Across America

Olivia was a sophomore athlete at Marblehead High, who loved sports and community service. We felt that both her maturity as well as familiarity with all forms of social media would be a plus for any business or organization. Since she would be taking the commuter boat from the North Shore, we tried to be very careful in scouting out an internship location that would be convenient for her.

Swim Across America fit our checklist in every way: great mentors, a perfect match for Olivia’s combined interests and a 5 minute walk to International Place from the commuter boat. Swim Across America is a national non-profit dedicated to raising money for cancer research through swimming related events.

Olivia wrote:

“So far at Swim Across America, I have learned a lot of new things about the “real world”. My office is located at One International Place, one of the fanciest office buildings in Boston. Not only being in this building, but being on the top floor, my initial feelings about the work environment were like any other 15 year old’s would be, extremely nervous and anxious. However, once I met Kay and Blake, the transition became a lot more smooth and comfortable. They are two very down to earth people and relatable people and it feels extremely natural working with them.

 I have helped Blake and Kay out with various tasks. These include: mailing out special T-shirts to those who have reached the “wavemaker” donor status, organizing the Swim Across America bill book, correcting duplicates in the online registrant system, helping reply to messages on Twitter, and updating photos on Flickr.”

In her letter of recommendation, the Director wrote:

“Olivia was able to help us with social media, which no intern has done for us in the past. In addition, I asked her to be part of one of our events. She was very hands on, doing whatever was asked of her- the first to carry a box, set up a banner. No task was too small or big for her. Olivia is a wonderful young woman with the combination of a studied head and a charitable heart. She is going to be a great success, whatever she chooses to do.”

Management Internship At A Minor League Baseball Team

Gideon D. – Newton, MA
Sophomore at Newton South High School

Gideon “lives” for baseball, has visited many stadiums across the country and dreams about a position in management for a minor league baseball team. IC contacted numerous teams in the Greater Boston area. Gideon’s infectious personality helped him land the position of game-day intern for an independent league baseball team. Gideon worked under the direction of the Assistant General Manager. ” I learned about team management, activities that take place on game day, the economics of running a team, audio-visual simulcasts, and the importance of customer service.”

Gideon’s mother wrote to us about the unforeseen benefits of his internship. “As is often the case with learning, some of the most important lessons Gideon learned at Brockton were unplanned and unforeseen. Coming from Newton, the commute down to Brockton by public transportation and his time at the stadium led him to be exposed to people who lead a very different life to ours. Gideon had the chance to meet people who have far fewer privileges and opportunities than he and his friends have. It was an eye-opening and maturing experience for him.

There was a poignant quality to Gideon’s impressions of the players on the team, for many of whom an independent league is the final stop in the world of professional baseball, and of the people who live in Brockton and come to the stadium. Gideon learned about success, but he also learned about failure. Can there really be more important and profound lesson for a young man his age?”

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